Special Education Graduate Program Curricula
The Division of Special Education offers three programs leading to a Master of Science in Special Education and two programs leading to a Master of Science in Special Education and Literacy. Those wishing to pursue doctoral study in special education should inquire about the special education concentration within the Ph.D. program in Education Psychology. Information is available on the Web at http://www.albany.edu/special_education.
In addition to the general University requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants to most of the programs in special education must hold a provisional or initial teaching certification in Childhood Education (Elementary). Students without teacher certification or with certifications in other areas would need to enter the two year Master of Science in Special Education and Literacy program.
The Master's degree programs are competitive and selection of participants will be made after multiple reviews of credentials which may include an on-campus interview in either March or April. Elements contributing to selection include: undergraduate (typically 3.0 or better)/graduate grade point average, interviews, the applicant's written questionnaire response, and letters of recommendation regarding their academic abilities and child interaction skills. In addition, certified teachers applying to the program must submit their New York State Teacher Certification Examination scores.
Diversity among student backgrounds and views is desired. To this end, the admissions committee also considers applicants' accomplishments and personal qualities as reflected in their application statement and recommendations.
Students are usually admitted to begin the program in the summer session. Please contact the special education office for more specific admission information. Applications should be submitted by March 1st.